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Montelbaanstoren | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Montelbaanstoren | Amsterdam, Netherlands

Montelbaanstoren is a tower in Amsterdam that sits alongside a canal named Oudeschans. This tower is over 500 years old and was built in 1516 as a part of the city walls and was originally a Watchtower; although this function was only given for 90 years. Montelbaanstoren is also famous, with due credit to a particular painter that you might be familiar with – Rembrandt. He used to reside in an area near the tower and was supposedly very keen on painting this structure.

Sunset with D. Luis Bridge | Porto, Portugal

Sunset with D. Luis Bridge | Porto, Portugal

Did you know that the architect who began the construction of the D. Luis Bridge was Gustav Eiffel? The same architect that constructed the Eiffel Tower. The interesting thing however, is that he didn’t actually finish this task. It was his apprentice, Theophile Seyrig who completed the construction.

Sunset skyline | Copenhagen, Denmark

Sunset skyline | Copenhagen, Denmark

The view in the photo above is from Christiansborg Palace, the seat of Danish Parliament. Since 2014, the central tower of Christiansborg Palace has been opened to the public. Entrance is free and since the sun was setting, we didn’t hesitate to climb up. The view was indeed stunning, as we had initially thought from the beginning. I just adore capturing bird’s eye perspective views of cities!⠀⠀⠀⠀

Sunset over Las Teresitas | Tenerife, Spain

Sunset over Las Teresitas | Tenerife, Spain

On the many coasts of Tenerife, there are rocks, cliffs or black sand beaches and this is due to the volcanic history of this island. Here you see the view from the Anaga Mountains on the famous Las Teresitas beach – one of the few beaches with white sand on the Canary Islands. Fun Fact: Did you know they shipped the sand from the Sahara desert?

Autumn | Swiss Saxony, Germany

Autumn | Swiss Saxony, Germany

It was funny to discover that the name “Sächsische Schweiz” comes from 17th Century. In 1766, two Swiss artists Adrian Zingg and Anton Graff joined Dresden Academy of Arts. These two artists wrote many letters comparing landscape – back then named Meissen Highlands – to their homeland. The name gained broad audience and soon enough the entire area was recognized this way.

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